Protect your privacy when using a smartphone to pay bills

Next time you think about paying by phone also remember to protect yourself

(CNN) – It’s getting easier and easier to use your phone to make purchases, but if you’re not careful using your smartphone can also make it easy for hackers to steal your personal information.

Typically when using your phone to buy things you need to use an app either from a bank credit card or third party like PayPal. But according to the consumer federation of America some apps store more information about you than you realize.

Like your name home address and email address. They may also keep records of your calls and texts. The contacts on your phone. Your calendar. And websites you visit. Apps can even track your phone’s whereabouts.

Where you shop what you buy and how much you spend. Some apps may share your info with other companies. But there are simple steps to keep private information safe. Lock your phone when you’re not using it.

Read an apps’ privacy policy and know who gets what information. Be careful when using public Wi-Fi because hackers and scammers can access your sensitive banking information.

Next time you think about paying by phone also remember to protect yourself.

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